Loan strikers: Most prolific goalscorers of the last decades during temporary moves, including Romelu Lukaku and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Romelu Lukaku and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (left and right): Enjoyed loan spells at West Brom and St Etienne respectively

There is still a lot of debate and hesitancy among the top teams to loan players, especially strikers, but research shows there have been some successful cases over the last decade.

In research done by the CIES Football Observatory, temporary switches have worked out well for a number of big name forwards.

Serbian Luka Jovic had such an impressive campaign while on loan at Eintracht Frankfurt last term, scoring 27 goals in 48 appearances in all competitions, that the German club triggered his £6.2m transfer fee during the two-year loan before selling him to Real Madrid for a reported £53.2m.

Duvan Zapata tops the list after firing Atalanta into Champions League football, while Paco Alcacer and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are also significant names to feature prominently.

Research into the immediate future of players after loan moves (source: CIES Football Observatory)

Another big name who features twice is Romelu Lukaku, who endured a few loan moves in his early years in England on the books of Chelsea. First at West Brom, before firing them in at Goodison Park and eventually sealing a permanent switch.

Check out the results of the research, conducted across Europe's big five leagues in the last decade, below...

Highest number of goals scored for players on loan (from 09/10-18/19)

*League goals only

Duvan Zapata: Now playing Champions League football with Atalanta

Duvan Zapata: (Atalanta from Sampdoria, 2018/19) – 23 goals

Bafetimbi Gomis: (Marseille from Swansea, 2016/17) – 20 goals

Paco Alcacer: (Borussia Dortmund from Barcelona, 2018/19) – 18 goals

Borja Baston: (Eibar from Atletico Madrid, 2015/16) – 18 goals

Luka Jovic: (Eintracht Frankfurt from Benfica, 2018/19) – 17 goals

Emmanuel Adebayor: (Tottenham from Man City, 2011/12) – 17 goals

Romelu Lukaku: (West Brom from Chelsea, 2012/13) – 17 goals

Andrea Petagna: (SPAL from Atalanta, 2018/19) – 16 goals

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang: (St Etienne from AC Milan, 2011/12) – 16 goals

German Denis: (Atalanta from Udinese, 2011/12) – 16 goals

Carlos Bacca: (Villarreal from AC Milan, 2017/18) – 15 goals

Arouna Kone: (Levante from Sevilla, 2011/12) – 15 goals

Ikechuwku Uche: (Granada from Villarreal, 2011/12) – 15 goals

Romelu Lukaku: (Everton from Chelsea, 2013/14) – 15 goals

See the full list and research into success of loan moves here

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